Wednesday, 17 July 2019

WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?

AN EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN OUR FAMILY HISTORY

Who do you think you are? In his retirement my Dad research his own family history. Maybe you or a relative has looked into yours. What do you know about OUR family history - the Christian family history - God's family history? 

The Bible recounts our family history from Adam through to near the end of the fist Century. What an exciting story it is. Read the book of Esther and see how nearly it all came to a premature end. What do you know after the book of Revelation? 

Ligonier Ministries founded by the late R C Sproul is currently showing a video series by Robert Godfrey on the first 500 years of Church History. Each one lasts for around 24 minutes. A new episode comes out every Saturday and is repeated on Sundays. (There are others shown by different speakers on different topics on the other days of the week.) The first episode came out on the 1st June 2019.  They seem to keep the last four months episodes available. Click where it says playing and a list of episodes drops down.

They are highly recommended. A great way to learn our family history.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

PRAYING THE PSALMS

Martin Luther's Barber once asked him how to pray. Luther responded by writing a short work that today fills only 11 A4 pages. It is well worth a look and may give you some ideas on praying. It can be found by clicking on this link.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

JANUARY HOME GROUPS CORE CHRISTIANITY CHAPTER TEN

CORE CHRISTIANITY CHAPTER TEN

1. Can you give any examples of how your view of other people has changed since you became a Christian?

2. What would you do if you knew that Jesus was going to return tomorrow?

3. Can you think of any ways in which your life became more complicated when you became a Christian?

4. In what ways have non-believers been a blessing to you in the past year?

5. Discuss his teaching on finding God's will for your life on pages 166/167. What aspects do you find helpful? Are there any that you think differently about to him?

6. Which chapter in the book have you enjoyed the most and which have you learned the most from?




Friday, 17 November 2017

NOVEMBER HOME GROUPS CORE CHRISTIANITY CHAPTER NINE

CORE CHRISTIANITY CHAPTER NINE


1. Why do we find it difficult to talk about death and to prepare for death?

2. What can we say to someone who tells you about a person who died and went to heaven and then came back?

3. "This world is not my home, I'm just a passing through." Is this right or wrong? Explain your answer.

4. Are things getting better or worse as we approach the end of the age?

5. Are you looking forward to the return of the Lord? What might hinder a Christian from praying, "Come Lord Jesus"? What do you expect to happen when he does return?





Friday, 13 October 2017

OCTOBER HOME GROUPS 'CORE CHRISTIANITY' CHAPTER 8

JESUS IS LORD


1. Is the UK racist? What about Bristol? Philip Street Chapel? Are YOU racist? Could we be so in a measure but not be aware of it? 

2. 'Jesus is Lord' - in what ways does the subject of this chapter help us address racism? 

3. "Jesus is not a supporting actor in our life movie." (Page 134) How do you keep yourself from living as though he is?

4. "The blessings of God's redemption will surpass the effects of the curse and the destructive power of human sins." (Page 138) In what ways will this be so?

5. "Yet Christ is building his kingdom, and he isn't utilizing the means that the world uses to build." (Page 139) The Reformation was ahead of the world in using the latest technology of the printing press. George Whitefield placed advertisements in American Newspapers telling them that he was coming to preach. Mike Horton has a radio programme. What are the means we should not use? What means may we not be using that we can do so?



Friday, 15 September 2017

SEPTEMBERS HOME GROUP 'CORE CHRISTIANITY' CHAPTER SEVEN

JOY TO THE WORLD

1. Christmas is coming! What gives you joy at Christmas? What do you understand by 'a profound kind of pleasure that the world can imitate but never reproduce' (Page 117)

2. Read Revelation 12. what impact does this have on the way you see the Christmas story?

3. 'Jesus is the last Adam, the true Israel, the finally faithful son of David.' (Page 123) How can these titles help us explain the gospel?

4. What does Union with Christ mean? How do you come into Union with Christ? What is the importance of being in Union with Christ?

5. Justification means 'just-as-if-I'd-never-sinned' - why is this only half the story? What difference does knowing the 'second-half' make to you?






Saturday, 17 June 2017

JUNE HOME GROUPS CORE CHRISTIANITY CHAPTER 6

GOD MADE A PROMISE

1. What are some of the difficulties we encounter as we read the Old Testament?
2. What has encouraged you to read the Old Testament and what has helped you to do so?
3. What are some of the great promises God has made in the Old Testament?
4. What are the main differences between the Abrahamic Covenant and the Sinai Covenant?
5. David sinned greatly in committing adultery and murder. Why did the Davidic Covenant still stand?
6. What is 'new' about the New Covenant?